Song of the Day: Hugh Masakela, “Grazing In The Grass”

Trumpeter and bandleader Hugh Masakela left South Africa after the 1960 Sharpeville massacre and moved, first to London and then to the US, where he studied classical trumpet at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He had a couple of hits in the US with pop jazz versions of "Up, Up, and Away" (1967) and "Grazing In The Grass" (1968), which topped the Hot 100 and was #18 on the year-end Hot 100, selling four million copies.

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Hugh Masakela, “Grazing In The Grass”

  1. I didn’t know this one until I listened to an oldies channel in the late eighties at a job I had…it’s a nice instrumental.

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    1. The vocal version by Friends of Distinction is good, too. One of the Friends, Harry Elston, wrote the lyrics, and the tempo was much faster (or at least it sounded that way).

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  2. Hi John – thanks for featuring Hugh Masakela – an amazing influence in South Africa … great to hear some of his work … takes me back to living in SA – all the musical talent that came through … thanks – loved it – Hilary

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